The history of central London has been inextricably linked to that of West End shows for hundreds of years. From the opening of the first West End venue in Drury Lane in 1663, locals and visitors to the burgeoning capital have sought out London theatre tickets in their thousands, flocking in their droves to London to be entertained and enthralled by the various West End shows on offer.
The London theatre tradition has continued to go from strength to strength over the years, and today the West End is the largest theatre district in the world. West End shows attract many major international stars to perform in productions night after night.
No other city can boast the same variety and quality of theatrical performances as London’s West End. From the world-class London musicals it is perhaps most famous for, to its gripping plays and dramas, hilarious comedies and jaw-dropping dance productions and operas there are on offer, West End shows’ enduring popularity as a global cultural attraction has stood the test of time for centuries. A ringing endorsement of all the West End has to offer, there truly is something for everyone.
The experience of attending West End shows
As the official website of the theatre industry in the capital, Official London Theatre strives to provide a complete resource for anyone looking to enhance their experience of West End shows.
Run by the not-for-profit organisation Society of London Theatre, we work directly with London theatre owners and producers to grant you exclusive access to their spectacular productions, with all profits going back into the future of the industry.
Updated on a daily basis with comprehensive listings, theatre news, cast and crew interviews and special features, our site is a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to discover London shows. We also give you the very best options and tips for acquiring London theatre tickets.
- Take a look at current and future West End shows.
- Catch up with the very latest theatre news.
- Check out our New Year Sale and Kids Week for our theatre ticket promotions.
- Visit our Theatre Lounge LIVE page for exclusive performances and interviews with some of London’s biggest stars.
What’s more, thanks to our simple online ticket booking system, it’s easier than ever to get London theatre tickets for your favourite productions. It really couldn’t be simpler to buy seats for the hottest West End shows.
So if you want to experience the very best in London West End theatre or visiting London’s Theatreland, we can give you the information you need to ensure you don’t miss out on anything that this richly diverse cultural hotspot can offer you.
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Jean Valjean, Les Misérables